UAE Finance Minister, Deputy Dubai ruler is dead

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United Arab Emirates’ Finance Minister and deputy ruler of Dubai, Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum is dead.

He died at the age of 75.

NAN reports that his death was announced in a statement released by the Dubai media office on Wednesday.

According to the statement, UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed ordered that flags be flown at half-mast across the country until Saturday to mark three days of mourning.

It also stated that Hamdan who had been unwell, underwent surgery abroad in 2020; though further details were not disclosed.

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“Dubai has announced a 10-day mourning period.

“Also, Funeral prayers will be restricted to family members due to the coronavirus pandemic,” the statement added.

Before his death, Hamdan had been Finance Minister since 1971.

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